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How Most of Our Water Gets Polluted

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  • In the U.S., agriculture poses the greatest threat to water quality and is single-handedly impairing drinking water supplies across the country
  • In Iowa, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) states that 92 percent of the nitrogen and 80 percent of the phosphates in waterways are the result of industrial farms and CAFOs
  • More than half (58 percent) of the rivers and streams in Iowa fall short of federal water quality standards, making them unsuitable for swimming and fishing, while another 23 percent are “potentially impaired”
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also states that manure from industrial agriculture is the primary source of nitrogen and phosphorus in U.S. waterways

By Dr. Mercola

In the U.S., agriculture poses the greatest threat to water quality and is single-handedly impairing drinking water supplies across the country. The key culprits are nitrogen, phosphates and other toxins that run off from industrial cropland (i.e., genetically engineered corn and soy) and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).


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